Over 30 years ago, Jerry Warder looked at the community of faith and realized that there was a specific need for a company that understood the particular requirements of churches and other houses of worship. Faith-filled people have a need for spaces that are friendly and inviting to the community of their faith. Within the context of beauty and a welcoming spirit, they need spaces that are functional. Houses of worship need spaces that are designed and constructed within a realistic budget that serve both the present and future generations.
Jerry is considered a pioneer in starting a design/build organization that works exclusively with houses of worship. “I wanted to start a company that would allow me to fulfill a personal ministry in service to God and community and, at the same time, allow me use my expertise in the design/build industry. Warder & Associates, Inc. was the perfect solution…dedicated to building houses of worship for all faithful people to the glory of God.”
Jerry spends what free time he has in Annapolis, Maryland or in St. Petersburg, Florida. An adventurer at heart, Jerry skis, pilots aircraft, is an underwater photographer, and enjoys time boating on the Chesapeake. He has done extensive work with the less advantaged, bringing joy to children and helping their families through hands-on gifts and other charitable activities.
Jerry graduated from Columbia Technical Institute where he received the school’s highest achievement award.
Alice Maguire is a relative newcomer to Warder. An MBA with a specialty in marketing, Alice is assigned the task of getting the Warder message out to those who have a need for Warder services. Her involvement covers the span of Marketing, Business Development, and Public Relations, as well as certain Human Resources, Technology and Operations tasks.
Alice is also a healing minister at her church and is involved in a four-year Education for Ministry course through the extension service of the Theological Seminary of the University of the South. “It is a joyful pleasure to be able to combine my ministry with my work,” Alice says of her involvement with Warder, “It is great to be able to help congregations as they sift through the mass of choices available to them, providing the information they need to make the decisions that are best for them.
“I look at Warder as having two professional tasks. One is to provide the actual design/construction service. The other task is to serve as a consultant and guide; to close the portholes, as it were, so that the project will be smooth sailing.”
Alice has three children, all of whom are in college and don’t come home frequently enough. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ben Yankey is a long-time member of the Wardergroup team. As Architect and Project Coordinator, Ben oversees the construction process to make sure that everything is being done on time and in the right way. He particularly enjoys the process of representing clients’ interests before various boards and using his expertise and extensive knowledge of the industry to advocate clients’ needs.
Ben came to America from Ghana 30 years ago to pursue a degree in medicine, but found he needed an outlet for his creative abilities as well as a venue for his interest in math and science. Architecture provided the perfect solution for Ben and he received a professional degree in Architecture 10 years later from Howard University. Ben now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, LaVonda and his three adorable children.
Ben Yankey finds his work at Wardergroup both interesting and challenging. His love of construction is apparent in everything he does with Wardergroup and he finds it enormously rewarding to see the project through the process, from design to completion of another house of worship.
Ezra Dorsey is Wardergroup’s Site Development Superintendent. As such, Ezra oversees the excavation, utility site work, foundation construction and plumbing teams. He gets the site ready for building, lays the foundation and insures the integrity of the plumbing system.
Ezra considers his family of eight kids, small, having come from a family of 18. Needless to say, he is quite the family man who spends most of his free time taking kids to various sporting and other activities.
Ezra’s father was a Bishop in the church and a contractor, so Ezra grew up with both influences. Now, he says, his mother is pushing him to become involved in church as a Pentecostal Pastor.
In the mean time, Ezra says that it is gratifying to build churches and help communities grow. He also likes working for company president, Jerry Warder. He says he both likes Jerry as an individual and thinks of him as a very fair employer.
As Supervisor of Construction Projects, Bob Caroleo oversees all projects from dirt to completion, ensuring that everything gets done appropriately and on time. In this capacity, Bob oversees all subcontractors and in-house tradesmen, and coordinates all activities related to the construction site. The Vietnam vet has over 30 years in the construction industry.
Bob has been married to Patricia for more than 37 years and has been blessed with three children and three grandchildren. His son Nicholas is a light heavyweight boxer. The Carroleos currently reside in La Plata, Maryland.
What Bob likes most about his vocation is being outside while he works, the camaraderie of the work site and the appreciation he gets from church, synagogue and temple congregations when the work is finally completed. One of Bob’s vivid memories is of a pastor whose eyes teared up as he was handed the keys to his new, beautiful house of worship. Bob says that it really meant something to him to see that kind of happiness with a project that he had been such an important part of.
Originally from Bolivia, Hoberdan Paz joined Wardergroup 10 years ago as dry wall mechanic and has risen through the ranks to Superintendent of Interior Buildouts. Before coming to Wardergroup, Hoberdan gained years of international exposure in the construction industry by following in his father’s footsteps to countries as far away as Argentina and Israel.
The Springfield, Virginia resident has a 5-year-old and a baby girl. Both children are his joy.
Hoberdan can only be described as a contented man. He is contented with his family and with his job. He also gets to build churches and other houses of worship; something he thinks of as “very important.”
R. Sterling Hughes
R. Sterling Hughes has been the Business Administrator for Wardergroup for the past 12 years. He is in charge of human resources, payroll, invoicing, permitting, and keeping the business operation for Wardergroup humming along.
Sterling is a native of the Washington Metropolitan area. He now lives in Mitchellville, Maryland with his wife, Faye and his two high school age children, Robert and Kalayne.
Sterling is a graduate of Columbia Union College where he received his BA in Business Administration.
Sterling’s grandfather was a Baptist Minister in Washington DC and under his influence Sterling gravitated to working with a company in line with his personal ministry of community outreach. Sterling says that when he found out he could combine his business background with the mission of Wardergroup to build houses of worship, “a light went on,” and he knew that this was what he was meant to do.
Edie Roberts has been the longest running member of Wardergroup, serving as Office Manager for the almost 30 years that Wardergroup has been designing and building for Houses of Worship. Both her work ethic and her dedication to the company makes Edie one of the most valued employees.